downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

Celebrating Old and New

December 9, 2011

Tonight, downtown Oaklanders are celebrating the new and the old this holiday season.

Back in 2001, a group of downtowners took a long-vacant retail space and experimented with a music and culture venue they dubbed the Oakland Box Theater. While the Box did not last forever, its legacy is the Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave) and the music and cultural renaissance of the Uptown neighborhood. Tonight founder Steve Snider hosts a reunion of the Oakland Box’s artists and fans at the Kaiser Center Theater (300 Lakeside), an event featuring music, performance, and art from many of Oakland’s most talented artists.

Old Oakland Neighbors, a wonderful community organization, is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a bash at the Pacific Coast Brewery (906 Washington St) from 5-8pm. You can bring an unwrapped toy for Endgame’s toy drive, or a package of men’s socks or underwear to donate to CityTeam. This is a great opportunity to explore the Pop Up Hood bringing new retail life to the neighborhood with a selection of gift and fashion-oriented shops. And while you’re in the area, Cosecha (907 Washington St) is debuting its Friday night hours, serving food and drink until 9pm, with its soon-to-be neighbor Periscope Cellars pouring wine.

And if you haven’t yet finished your holiday shopping by this evening, The Hive Studios (301 Jefferson St) will tonight host a holiday group art show and artisan market for your shopping pleasure. See you in the DTO!